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Gokyo Lake Trek

15 Days

Gokyo Lake trek is a challenging yet immensely rewarding journey, offering unparalleled views and a unique cultural experience. Situated at an altitude ranging from 4,700 to 5,000 meters (15,416 to 16,404 feet), these turquoise lakes are surrounded by some of the world’s highest peaks, including Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Gokyo Lakes stands as a shimmering jewel amidst the towering peaks of the Himalayas. The Gokyo Lakes, a series of six pristine glacial lakes, are a must-see destination for those seeking a truly awe-inspiring trekking experience.

The Gokyo Lakes themselves are a marvel of nature, reflecting the surrounding mountains and changing hues throughout the day. The vibrant colors of the lakes against the backdrop of the snow-clad peaks create a surreal and enchanting setting, making it a photographer’s paradise.

Along the trek, you’ll also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local Sherpa culture, visiting monasteries, and interacting with the warm-hearted villagers. The hospitality of the Sherpa people adds a cultural richness to the trek, making it not only a physical challenge but also a deeply enriching experience.

For those seeking an alternative to the more popular Everest Base Camp trek, the Gokyo Lake trek offers a quieter and equally mesmerizing adventure. Whether you’re an avid trekker or a nature enthusiast, the Gokyo Lakes trek promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Himalayas, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime. Embark on this extraordinary trek and discover the magic of Gokyo Lakes – a hidden gem in the crown of the Himalayas.

Overview

Gokyo Lakes stands as a shimmering jewel amidst the towering peaks of the Himalayas. The Gokyo Lakes, a series of six pristine glacial lakes, are a must-see destination for those seeking a truly awe-inspiring trekking experience.

For those seeking an alternative to the more popular Everest Base Camp trek, the Gokyo Lakes trek offers a quieter and equally mesmerizing adventure. Whether you’re an avid trekker or a nature enthusiast, the Gokyo Lakes trek promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Himalayas, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime. Embark on this extraordinary trek and discover the magic of Gokyo Lakes – a hidden gem in the crown of the Himalayas.

Here’s some information about the Gokyo Lake Trek:

  • Gokyo Lakes: The trek takes you to a series of six emerald green lakes, known as the Gokyo Lakes. These lakes are set against the backdrop of towering snow-capped peaks, creating a breathtaking landscape.
  • Gokyo Ri: A popular vantage point on the trek is Gokyo Ri, a peak that offers panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, among other peaks. The sunrise view from Gokyo Ri is particularly famous.
  • Renjo La Pass: The trek usually includes crossing Renjo La Pass, which is at an elevation of 5,360 meters (17,585 feet). This high-altitude pass provides stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Everest Base Camp: Some variations of the Gokyo Lake Trek include a visit to Everest Base Camp, providing trekkers with a chance to see the iconic Everest up close.
  • Duration: The trek typically takes around 15 to 17 days, depending on the specific itinerary chosen and individual trekking pace.
  • Best Time to Trek: The best time to undertake the Gokyo Lake Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. During these times, the weather is relatively stable, and the views are clear.
  • Difficulty Level: The Gokyo Lake Trek is considered moderate to challenging, as it involves high altitudes and some steep ascents. Adequate acclimatization is crucial to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Permits: Trekkers need to obtain permits, including the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, before embarking on the trek.

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Itinerary

The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek to Phakding, a small village along the Dudh Koshi River.

The trail leads to Namche Bazaar, a bustling Sherpa town and a significant acclimatization stop.

Spend a day acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar, exploring the town and taking short hikes to higher elevations.

The trek continues through rhododendron forests, with views of the Khumbu Valley.

The trail ascends, and you'll notice a change in the landscape as you approach the higher altitudes.

Reach the stunning Gokyo Lakes, surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Explore Gokyo Ri and the Gokyo Lakes for breathtaking views.

Head towards Thagnak, a quieter village nestled in the mountains.

Cross the challenging Cho La Pass, known for its stunning views, and descend to Dzongla.

Continue towards Lobuche, a village near the Khumbu Glacier.

Optionally, some itineraries include a side trip to Everest Base Camp before heading back to Gorak Shep.

Hike to the iconic Kala Patthar for sunrise views before descending to Pheriche.

Trek back through familiar terrain, retracing your steps to Namche Bazaar.

The final leg of the trek takes you back to Lukla.

Fly back to Kathmandu, and have a free day for relaxation or exploration.

What is included in this trek package:

  • All Ground private comfortable transportation.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu by flight (25min)
  • Accommodation in Standard Hotels on Twin Sharing Basis during trek
  • 3 time meals during the trek
  • Government licensed, experienced trek guide, assistant trekking guide (for a group of 10 or more trekkers), and porters to help trekkers' luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers, combined porter weight limit -16kg.)
  • First Aids Kit.
  • Duffel Bags for porters to carry your main luggage
  • Guides' and porters' expenses - meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment.
  • Sagarmatha National Park and Local Entry Permit fee
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses.
  • Rescue operations arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by your travel insurance).

What is excluded in this trek package:

  • Accommodations, meals in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses - shopping, snacks, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery recharge costs, extra porters, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Additional costs or delays caused by circumstances beyond our control like landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policy, strikes, mass movements, etc.

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Gokyo Lake Trek